I have never loved second chance romance more than I did while reading A Rogue to Remember! This was one of the sweetest romances I have read in a long time, with a childhood romance getting new life when the two meet again as adults, and I was there for it all day. Every break I had in my workday, I was sneaking a few more pages in. During lunch I devoured this book more than I did actual food. By the end of the day, I was wallowing in that fluffy sort of happiness you get when you've finished a book that is so satisfying to your inner romantic.
Lottie Carlisle refused to be told who she is going to marry. After going through five seasons' worth of proposals, turning down every one, she has had enough with men and her uncle's meddling in her love life. After he threatens to have her married to a man of his choosing, she uses a trip to Europe to set up her own ruination to escape. And everything was going to plan...until a man from her past turns up to bring her home. Alec Gresham has worked as a spy since he left Lottie five years ago, the day after her coming out ball. He loved her then and he loves her still, but the life of a spy is no place for a wife and family. Leaving her was torturous, and it will take all his strength to do so again, if only she would let him. With a second chance at love, Lottie isn't ready to give up without a fight.
I loved Lottie from the start, with her ingenuity in finding her own way after faking ruination and also her steadfast determination to live life the way she wants to live it. Even during a time when women weren't given many options, she didn't let that stop her from pursuing her dreams. I'd like to think I would have been the same way, if I had been born during that time. From the moment she and Alec meet again, the sparks fly, and it wasn't hard to see that their love for each other never truly went away. While we get a flashback from their final evening together, which was lovely and sad at the same time, I did feel like Lottie's love had changed over time. With the age difference, Alec had loved her as a man from the start. Lottie's love for him began as that of a deep friendship, as a child, and I believe it grew into a deeper love as they spent more time together when he escorted her home. Alec's backstory was so sad, and he needed someone like Lottie to remind him of his own self-worth. At the same time, Lottie needed someone to support her in finding her own path. Heartache wasn't absent from this love story, but at the end of the day, it was conquered by genuine affection and an abiding love that survived throughout it all.
For a debut novel, Emily Sullivan knocked this out of the park! I am so excited to see what she writes next, as I have no doubt it will be a joy to read.
**I received a free copy from the publisher and this is my honest review.**